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Raincliffe Woods Circular is a 5.2 mile loop trail located near Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length 5.2 mi Elevation gain 1,030 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Views
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A circular walk through the ancient Raincliffe Woods on the edge of the North York Moors. The walk meanders though beautiful ancient woodlands along mostly dirt tracks that can get very muddy in wet weather. There are no stiles and the walk includes several climbs and descents, one climb being fairly steep. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours. Raincliffe Woods has been described as the "creme de la creme of woodland" by the Woodland Trust and comprises more that 400 acres of open access mainly deciduous woodlands. The woods are designated as Planted Ancient Woodland with some areas of Ancient Semi Natural Woodland. The woods are home to a very large range of native trees with some management to remove unwanted species from the area. In June, when the walk was completed, the paths were surrounded by a wide variety of wild flowers including bluebells and wild garlic.

Raincliffe Woods is situated 2 miles north west of Scarborough. The walk starts from the Dog Bark Bend car park on Low Road, east of the entrance to Ox Pastures Country House Hotel. Nearest post code YO12 5TD.

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Sue Kersey
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It's not often I only give 2 stars but I really didn't enjoy this walk. It had rained the day before and it was really muddy and slippery in a lot of places in spite of good walking boots. The woods were littered with rubbish left by presumably bikers who frequent these woods leaving glass bottles and other rubbish behind. The ascent up was precariously slippery although the path along the top was dry with beautiful trees and the descent was far easier than expected. Care must be taken on the decaying wooden boardwalks across the bogs as there were slats missing. Also, you need to keep checking you're on the right path as it was confusing in places due to many forks off. I can honestly say I was glad to reach the car park, the dog enjoyed it though.

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helen stones
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HikingMuddy

Very enjoyable walk little muddy in places but ok in walking boots track a little hard to follow on the last couple of miles but easy enough to get back on track

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Nycky Smithson
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Good walk in the woods took the wrong route a couple of times but easy to get back on course again will do again

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Jess Teasdale
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WalkingRocky

we did this walk today my partner and I and two of our children aged 12 and 7. it was extremely warm out today but was shady under the trees plenty of places to rest of needed but we were ok plodding on. lovely views at the top

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Karen Fawdington
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great walk through beautiful woodland, the dog absolutely loved it, will definitely be going back

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Danika Sutherland
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HikingMuddyScramble

The trail was definitely something new, but it was extremely muddy. Very easy to go the wrong way. Passed a few people on bikes and a couple trail runners.

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Chris Hudson
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A brilliant woodland walk, we did this walk in November after lots of rain but still firm under foot some boggy patches, an easy walk a couple of up hill sections to get your heart pumping.

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Lisa Bourne
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WalkingMuddy

A lovely walk. Easy to take wrong turnings - we went too far down the section following the field with the steep drop to the right, so keep an eye on the GPS.

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stephen aldred
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Really nice walk in the Autumn, some uphill sections but not too difficult, well worth it.

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Da Sayo Fam
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Da Sayo Fam
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Andrew Wing
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Gary Pudsey
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Dan Pilkington
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Katie Lee
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Beth Mason
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Martin Cook
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Michaela Kenyon-Taylor
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Paul Boyce
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Alison Senior
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Enya Donohoe
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Will Seaton
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